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Remix Culture: Fair Use for Online Video

Remix Culture: Fair Use for Online Video

Written by Erin Wilkey Oh
January 20, 2012

The Code of Best Practices for Online Video is intended to help creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video understand and interpret the doctrine of fair use. The guide presents six principles of fair use, under which creators can use copyrighted material in online video. For each principle, the code gives a thorough description of how the principle can be applied, as well as the rationale and limitations that should be considered.   

Mashup, Remix, Critique, Preserve, Discuss: Your Rights

When is using copyrighted material in online video protected under fair use? These six principles are a starting point for creators interested in answering this question.

  1. Commenting on or critiquing of copyrighted material
  2. Using copyrighted material for illustration or example
  3. Capturing copyrighted material incidentally or accidentally
  4. Reproducing, reposting, or quoting in order to memorialize, preserve, or rescue an experience, an event, or a cultural phenomenon
  5. Copying, reposting, and recirculating a work or part of a work for purposes of launching a discussion
  6. Quoting in order to recombine elements to make a new work that depends for its meaning on (often unlikely) relationships between the elements